- Doris"I was grateful—glad to know that there was a place like Encompass to help parents like me."Doris
I had a daughter with severe brain damage… she never learned to sit up or feed herself and in those days you didn’t have Encompass or much of anything else to help.
I joined the Encompass Board in 1987 or 1988. When I was on the Board I enjoyed the company of the people that I worked with so much, and of course, the kids! I was grateful—glad to know that there was a place like Encompass to help parents like me.
The people that I have met are so involved and so dedicated. It’s been a real joy to be part of that!
- Alexander & Leland"What's your favorite thing to play with at Encompass?" "DINOSAURS!"Alexander & Leland
Alexander and Leland have participated in many Encompass programs. These fun-loving three-year-olds can be found in their preschool classroom playing with dinosaurs or devouring some pizza.
Their best friends? Each other.
- Tyler"We were very confused and anxious about what to do next... Encompass was a huge help to our family."Tyler
“Overlake Hospital had us contact Encompass for Birth to Three Early Intervention services after Tyler was diagnosed with Down syndrome. We started with services when Tyler was two months old, including in home therapy and an educational playgroup once a week. Tyler also attended a summer camp and he and his sister, Maggie, went to Encompass Preschool for a year. We also had private speech therapy at the Encompass Pediatric Therapy Clinic.
Encompass was a huge help to our family when are son was diagnosed with Down syndrome. We were very confused and anxious about what to do next. The professionals that came to our home helped us as well as our son. They gave us the confidence and skills to help our son thrive.”
- Francie“I like everything and everybody at Encompass."Francie
“I have worked at Encompass for 10 years and I help clean and sanitize toys in the preschool two days a week. I like to play cards, have coffee and make popcorn during my breaks and I like everything and everybody at Encompass."
- Julie"Knowing that I played a small part in creating strong foundations to support children and families into the future makes me smile."Julie
“I first walked through the doors of Encompass in September of 2000. Soon after, I was hired as a preschool teacher. Sixteen years later, the main reason for staying at Encompass for as long as I have is the children and families. Knowing that I played a small part in creating strong foundations to support them into the future makes me smile."
- Ben"My favorite memory from preschool was when the teachers froze a bunch of plastic frogs in big blocks of ice and put them in the play tables. It was awesome. I played with that the whole day."Ben
"We moved to North Bend from Minnesota late in the Spring of 1998 and needed to find a preschool for my oldest son, Josh. Serendipitously, Children's Services of Snoqualmie Valley (the former name of Encompass) had an open spot in their toddler class for the fall.
That was the start. We had fun in toddler class and were impressed with the staff and facility so Josh moved up to preschool. When Ben started preschool, he had anxiety about being left alone. My heart broke as I walked away each day while Ben pressed his teary face against the window and watched me leave. The teachers at Encompass did an amazing job helping him, and me, through that transition. According to Ben, his favorite memory from preschool is when 'the teachers froze a bunch of plastic frogs in big blocks of ice and put them in the play tables. It was awesome. I played with that the whole day.'
Over the years since then, my two boys, along with my daughter Cara, have participated, attended, and volunteered at many events. Both boys have graduated from high school with honors, Ben as Salutatorian, and Cara is an excellent student as well. I think Encompass gave my kids a great start with their education and helped to foster a love for learning.
I was excited when, 8 years ago, a position for a grant writer opened up so that now, I can help Encompass support other families."
-Laurie, Ben's mom
- Jessica"I don't know how families can raise their children without Encompass."Jessica
"Our family connected with Encompass in 1987, when our daughter Jessica was born with Down syndrome. She was about 6 weeks old when Nancy Whitaker came for our first visit, and we’ve been involved ever since. When Jessica turned 3, I sat on the board, worked on the capital campaign to help build the site on Boalch Avenue, and have volunteered off and on since.
Not only did Encompass provide therapy for Jessica during the first three years of her life, they were a support system for both Dick and me as well. They were there to provide an ear to listen, answers to our question, and loving encouragement when we needed it. They provided great ideas on everyday strategies to help Jessica reach her potential. They were able to explain each stage of development, what to expect and how to help Jessica through it. This carried through with how we raised our son, Adam. I don't know how families can raise their children without Encompass.
Jessica has come full circle with Encompass, from receiving therapy for the first 3 years of her life to giving back to Encompass, starting as a volunteer and later becoming a valued employee in the preschool program. Thank you Encompass!"
-Becky, Jessica's mom
- Mary"I was privileged to work with families and staff at Encompass."Mary
"I was hired for the Executive Director position at Sno-Valley Developmental Center, the predecessor of Encompass, in April of 1979 and filled that position until 1990. I was privileged to work with families and staff, while receiving wonderful support from the community that enabled the growth of the organization."
- Ben & Adam"It was such a relief to know that Encompass would help us get the boys on the right path into preschool."Ben & Adam
"In 2004, I was at a friend's home for a girls’ night out and I was talking about some of my concerns with my sons’ development. Someone overheard me and suggested that I call Encompass to get some help. I went home, told my husband and we called the next day.
Although my boys were almost 2-1/2 years old, Encompass didn't hesitate to help us get them into the Birth-3 Early Intervention program. This made their transition into the special needs preschool at Snoqualmie Elementary School seamless. I finally had a place, other than the doctor's office, to ask questions about their speech issues and to learn methods to play with them and teach them at home. Although we had the internet back then, it wasn't as useful and full of advice as it is today, so I finally found others with similar obstacles. It was such a relief to know that Encompass would help us get the boys on the right path into preschool, which then helped prepare their IEP (Individual Education Plan) that they still have today. I hate to think of how much more difficult it would have been for them without this early assistance.
Today they are in their first year of high school, working towards their Eagle Scout ranking and amazing us with their kind hearts every day."
-Ben & Adam's mom
- Addison"She is a beautiful walking, talking, and thriving three-and-a-half year old, and we owe so much of this to having Encompass at our side!"Addison
"When our daughter was born, she had suffered a perinatal stroke. This diagnosis did not come for a number of months until she began to miss developmental milestones. As a family, we sought services through Encompass when she was 7 months of age. From the very beginning, we had the most amazing team of therapists supporting our daughter's needs and our needs as a family through the Birth to Three program. There is not enough appreciation a mom can give to such a vital organization that walked through a journey with us as my daughter worked to overcome developmental challenges due to her stroke. She now attends developmental preschool and still receives in-office therapy for speech and OT. She is a beautiful walking, talking and thriving three-and-a-half year old and we owe so much of this to having Encompass at our side!"
- Dick“I personally know that my mother would have thrived from the help she and her kids would have received from the loving and knowledgeable women and men who practice their calling at Encompass.”Dick
"Twenty years ago, I joined the Children's Services of Sno Valley (CSSV) Board as a responsible corporate member within a community where over a thousand Weyerhaeuser employees and their families were living and thriving. There were also many families existing in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley who were less fortunate and underserved, needing what CSSV was able to provide. It was then that I had an epiphany. It hit me like a rock as I never saw it coming. My mother could have used the services if a CSSV had one existed in the early 1940s where we lived in Pasadena.
As a kid, my heart ached for her, and for us. Several close family deaths occurred, setting the stage for a deep depression to develop inside my mom. We kids tried to help, but we had no understanding of her affliction. In and out of sanitariums and hospitals, she had a fatal cerebral hemorrhage on a Saturday morning, dying in her bed at home at the very young age of 42.
I know that my mother would have thrived from the help she and her kids would have received from the loving and knowledgeable women and men who practice their calling at Encompass."
- Kristin“For my family, the impact of Encompass lifted us from a life of desperate survival to a life of stability and optimism”.Kristin
For my family, the impact of Encompass lifted us from a life of desperate survival to a life of stability and optimism. When I reflect on how Encompass made that happen for my family, the programs and services we utilized certainly come to mind—preschool, childcare co-op, parenting classes and summer camp to name a few. But really, when I think about the factor that had the most impact on my family, it was how I was treated.
I was in a bad spot. My stepson, Jason, was 4 years old and out of control. I’d frequently wake up by hearing him scramble up on the roof at 6 am, he would sneak away from our house in Snoqualmie to visit all his “friends” at the shops downtown or approach tourist families by our house and ask if he could go with them. Thank goodness I found a free preschool for him, and the staff was instrumental in helping to manage his impulsive behaviors.
After he graduated from preschool, I remained involved with Encompass by taking parenting classes and serving as a parent representative on the board of directors. This was a good thing, because within the year I suddenly became a single parent of Jason and Jordan (my younger son). I have no family in the area and I was extremely isolated when this happened. I also had very little resources—it was a real struggle.
Encompass became my extended family. Even more importantly, Encompass gave me hope and constantly reminded me of my strengths which boosted my confidence. This was vital to me at the time and I don’t know where my family would be without Encompass.
I became an Encompass staff member 18 years ago, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to help Encompass make the same impact on other families as it did mine. Working at Encompass is not just my job, but it’s also my life passion. There is a special magic in the air here, I don’t know how to articulate it, but I’ve felt it and seen so many times over the last 25 years. Thank you Encompass.
- PJ"I remember getting their early to get in line for summer camp sign ups because the camps were so fun!"PJ“Encompass was a great resource when the kids were little for pre-school and theme based summer camps”
"Our first involvement with Encompass was with pre-school and summer camps for our oldest, who is now 19. I remember getting their early to get in line for summer camp sign ups because the camps were so fun! Encompass was a great resource when the kids were little for pre-school and theme based summer camps. As they got older, they helped with the "giving" side of things by helping to collect food donations for Respectful Giving, helping to put together the baskets as well as handing the baskets out to Encompass families prior to each holiday. It was an event that they actually asked to do each year as they felt like they were doing their part to help Valley families enjoy the holiday season."
- Avery"The intervention that he has received from Encompass has made a huge impact on how he copes with life today. They have also given me plenty of support over the years".Avery
"After my son was born, it was not long before I realized he had some serious sensory issues going on and as he got older he had speech problems. The first step was an evaluation by the Early Intervention team at Encompass where we came up with a plan that started with speech therapy. Over the years, as his diagnoses were modified to span ASD, ADHD, OCD, SPD, anxiety and an eating disorder, his therapy plans changed as well. He has done Speech, OT and been through Feeding Therapy at Encompass.
He has grown up at Encompass. We attended the playgroups when he was little and then he moved into the preschool. Avery is an only child, so in a way they are a part of his family, too. In fact he is now 11 and just today had a play date with one of the boys he went to preschool with.
The early intervention he received from Encompass has made a huge impact on how he copes with life today. They have also given me plenty of support over the years."
- Kallan"When we got the diagnosis of autism, the support from everyone at Encompass was incredible."Kallan
"Encompass has opened my eyes to so many possibilities for my son. Kallan was 20 months old when we realized we needed intervention and started with the Birth to Three program. Soon after therapy started, we realized that we needed to get him further evaluated. When we got the diagnosis of autism, the support from everyone at Encompass was incredible. They advised me of the best treatments/therapies that would be most beneficial. When that program ended, I was shown the direction to the developmental preschool with the school district (I didn’t even know such a thing existed). Kallan has been making tremendous strides there all due to the help of the Encompass staff. He continues speech therapy at the Pediatric Therapy Clinic and due to the amazing therapists, now has no problem speaking at all!"
- Mercedes“They treated the whole child and family unit.”Mercedes
Encompass has been there every step of the way for both of my foster children with their early needs in development and now with speech therapy. They treated the whole child and family unit. Adopting both of my children and having their support and care from day one has made all the difference for us! Kim Kanzler and the staff are beyond amazing and I know that Mercedes wouldn't be where she is today if it wasn't for them!
- Ahner Family"Many developmental milestones were achieved that doctors never thought possible - all due to hard work by therapists at Encompass."Ahner Family
In June 2003 our only child at the time was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome (includes epilepsy and significant physical and mental delay). Shortly after, we got connected with Children's Services of Sno Valley (the former name of Encompass). We met with a physical therapist at our house on a regular basis. The therapist gently encouraged us that our daughter showed great signs of being able to someday walk on her own. Our child needed physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
Surprisingly enough, all three of our children have been through the Encompass birth-to-three program. We've seen Encompass from 2003-2006 for our first daughter, from 2008-2011 for our two adopted children, and presently our oldest daughter continues to receive speech therapy.
Encompass has given my children an excellent foundation to build on. Many developmental milestones were achieved that doctors never thought possible - all due to hard work by therapists at Encompass. In the face of what we as parents perceive to be impossible, dedicated and skilled therapists charge ahead little by little to reach new fronts in skills and abilities for each of our kids. Encompass is AWESOME. The love and care provided by Encompass comes at a very critical stage in a child's life and that of their parents and other family members. Hopes and dreams are high, then special needs of one form or another threaten to take those hopes and dreams all away. This is where Encompass really shines - to restore hopes and dreams and help your child reach his or her own potential."
- Lucas"Did you know they have a ball pit there?"Lucas
"My favorite lunch at preschool was the fish sticks - they were so good! I really also loved all the different teachers. Miss Megan at OT helped me learn to keep my body calm and not in the red zone. Did you know they have a ball pit there?"
- Rhonda"I discovered Encompass and was so impressed with the array of programs aimed at strengthening families and building community."Rhonda
"When I moved to Snoqualmie Valley nearly 10 years ago I researched non-profits that I could get involved with to share my time, talent and treasure. I discovered Encompass and was so impressed with the array of programs aimed at strengthening families and building community. I fell in love with the organization and all of the smiling children it was benefitting. As a board member for over 8 years and now working with Encompass, I can say that I have received just as much as I have given (probably more!)."
- Paisley Rae“Getting a diagnosis was a relief. Now I knew how to help her."Paisley Rae
"In 2014 we took our 20 month old, Paisley Rae for an evaluation and genetic screening for Rett's Syndrome because she had missed a few developmental milestones and had regressed in others. Getting a diagnosis was a relief. Now I knew how to help her.
Although Paisley Rae had spoken and taken a step, it wasn't consistent. Some days she was too fatigued to even eat. As her mother, I struggled with Paisley Rae not being able to speak and voice her feelings, especially when she was upset or ill (95% of girls with Rett never speak). Encompass came up with one solution that helped immensely. They had our occupational therapist, Sally record myself and my daughter interacting. Sally saw the subtle non-verbal communication cues Paisley Rae was giving, such as arching her back (“I’m done”). She [Sally] has taught me so much about my daughter."
“Her mother has become an expert reader of Paisley Rae’s subtle and often non-traditional cues. A shift in her eyes, shaking in her arms and the tipping of her head are all distinct forms of communication that her mother can interpret and give voice to,” commented Sally.
- Pat"One of my sons had dyslexia, but it was not diagnosed during the 1970s, and there was no 'Encompass' to help me."Pat
“Getting involved with Encompass helped me become part of a wonderful community in the Snoqualmie Valley. Encompass' mission touched my heart since this organization helps families in all of life's circumstances. Many years ago, I was a struggling single mother with two sons. One of my sons had dyslexia, but it was not diagnosed during the 1970s, and there was no 'Encompass' to help me. When I saw how Encompass helps children with learning disabilities as well as parents, it warmed my heart, and I knew that I must support such an amazing organization.”
- Jasmine"When I was really young, they brought things to my house that I could draw and paint on and books and CDs to listen to in the car."Jasmine
“I came to Encompass summer camp for a couple years and I remember them rolling us up like a doughnut in gymnastics and making zucchini chips in cooking class. We even made secret ingredient smoothies…and I wasn’t even scared to eat it! When I was really young, they brought things to my house that I could draw and paint on and books and CDs to listen to in the car. My favorite memory of preschool is when my Grandma’s musical trio came and sang “This land is your land” to our class.”
- Hannah“Encompass has been a second home to me since I was a child. I grew up here in a way.“Hannah
“My mom became involved in the Encompass community when she taught new parent education classes, like Bringing Baby Home and Newborn Care. She enrolled me in the older kid summer camp program for 5-7 year olds. One particular camp I remember was a drama camp. I loved the opportunity to be in a drama setting. I didn’t really have that in school, or rather, I did, but it didn’t feel as small and homey as it did here, at Encompass. That felt nice. I loved it. I came back when I was twelve years old to work as an assistant in the summer camp programs and took a summer off and came back when I was 14, and I’ve been involved in summer camps here ever since. Encompass has been a second home to me since I was a child. I grew up here in a way. Three years ago I started full time as a preschool teacher. Now that I am in this role I am getting a lot of experience working with parents and really building relationships with families. I understand now what drew my mother to Encompass all those years ago. Encompass is unique in that way.”
- Allen"Allen loves his teacher Nikki"Allen
“Allen loves teacher Nikki. He will sit down and eat by himself now and he likes it here. He just turned three and is starting with the preschool at Snoqualmie Elementary in September. Encompass has really helped him and he loves being around people and is starting to say some words. We get help for speech still and are so thankful for all that Encompass has done for Allen and our family.”